Our View: Trail of Togus troubles points to deeper VA woes
A 'dangerous' doctor's actions call into question whether the agency
Something that is still poorly understood is how Veterans Affairs (VA) and other federal agencies
have contributed to the opiate epidemic by not effectively addressing one of the thorniest
problems in health care: the intersection between drug treatment and mental health care.
About 50 percent of the most severely mentally ill people also have a substance abuse
problem, while a little over half of drug addicts have at least one serious mental illness.
Families of fallen soldiers blast Donald Trump for saying past presidents never called them
DONALD Trump is under fire from the families of fallen soldiers after
making an extraordinary claim about past presidents.
Trump exploits John Kelly’s dead son to back up his Obama falsehoods
Trump uses his chief of staff’s grief to claim Obama didn’t call parents of fallen soldiers
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The much-liked holdover from the Obama administration is a top
contender to fill the position abruptly left vacant by Tom Price.
Families of fallen soldiers slam Trump for saying past presidents never called them -
as one reveals Bush 'listened while I screamed at him and then held me as I sobbed'
@realDonaldTrump When my brother was killed, Pres Bush listened while I
screamed at him & then held me as I sobbed, you fat fucking liar.
of the Individual Unemployability benefit program, which is available to
veterans who are unable to secure a job because of a disability.
There is no bottom to how low President Donald Trump can go.
What decent person is so insensitive to use the tragic death of a child to score political points?
That’s Trump, the commander-in-chief. He exploited the death of a soldier —
a son of his top staffer no less — to take another swipe at Obama.
Veterans Affairs officials on Monday presented Congress with their formal plan to ease rules
concerning veterans seeking medical appointments outside the VA system at government
expense, potentially sending tens of thousands of new veterans into the private sector for care.
A long-awaited overhaul of veterans’ health care is being unveiled to the world. At the helm
throughout the two years of developing this road map has been David J. Shulkin. As the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs is finally on the cusp of rolling out its master plan to ensure every
veteran has access to timely, quality care, the VA secretary reportedly is interviewing for another job.
As the Wall Street Journal revealed Friday, the White House brought Shulkin in last week to discuss
having him take over the Department of Health and Human Services, a post left vacant by the
abrupt resignation of Tom Price. (VA did not confirm or deny the Journal’s reporting.)
The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association announced it is reviewing a proposed
rule by the Department of Veterans Affairs published in the Oct. 16 Federal Register.
US President Donald Trump has issued a warning to Senator John McCain a day after
his fellow Republican delivered a thinly veiled attack in a speech. "People have to be careful
because at some point I fight back," Mr Trump told a Washington radio station on Tuesday.
When our troops go into battle, they focus on accomplishing their mission. Providing health
care to veterans should work the same way. Veterans’ health care reforms should answer how
veterans can be served best. Unfortunately, too many people in Washington are more
concerned with maintaining the VA’s institutional status than giving veterans the best care.
This mindset jeopardizes care for our heroes who should be receiving quality,
timely care from the doctor or hospital of their choice.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs sent a bill proposal to Congress that would overhaul
how veterans receive health care in the private sector and do away with the
widely criticized “30-day/40-mile” rule, the agency announced Monday.
New revelations of abuse cover-ups
Now we’re once again confronted with a revelation that the VA has been covering
up the abuses of many of its own health-care practitioners who have badly served patients.
Breaking his public silence about four American soldiers killed during an ambush in Niger,
President Donald Trump said Monday he'd penned personal letters to their families and
planned to phone them later this week.He also claimed, without merit, that his predecessors
hadn't written or called the families of slain American troops during their tenures, though the tradition
of presidents reaching out after US servicemen are killed in action is long-established.
The March on the Pentagon.
Fifty years ago, tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington to protest the Vietnam War.
The October 1967 March on the Pentagon — immortalized in “The Armies of the Night,” Norman Mailer’s “non-fiction novel” — was at that point the largest antiwar rally ever staged. Coordinated by a coalition of antiwar groups known as the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (“the Mobe”), it brought between 70,000 and 100,000 protesters to Washington to pressure President Johnson to end the war. One key organizer, Jerry Rubin, who with Abbie Hoffman would soon launch the mischievous Yippie party, helped give the event its countercultural cast. He announced beforehand a stunt by the poet Allen Ginsberg and others to “levitate” the Pentagon — provoking curiosity, mockery and (as intended) headlines. The weekend began on Friday, Oct. 20, with a rally at the Justice Department where hundreds of draft cards were “returned,” followed by a fundraiser featuring Robert Lowell, Mailer and Dwight Macdonald. The next morning, under sunny and mild skies, tens of thousands of protesters, mostly white, middle-class and young, gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to hear Phil Ochs and Peter, Paul and Mary, along with the inevitable program of speeches.
On Oct. 4, the day four U.S. Special Forces soldiers were gunned down at the border of
Niger and Mali in the deadliest combat incident since President Trump took office, the
commander in chief was lighting up Twitter with attacks on the “fake news” media.
President Donald Trump told the widow of a US serviceman killed in the ambush in Niger that
"he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt," according to Rep. Frederica Wilson.
The body of Sgt. La David Johnson was returned home to the Miami area late Tuesday
afternoon, with the plane receiving a water cannon salute as it arrived near the gate.
Here is what he expressed: Coach Pop:
“I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this President had said, and his approach
to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents
Obama and Bush never contacted their families, is so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the
words. This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large
by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner–
Confusion over the short-lived plan this week forced department leaders to issue a
letter to veterans groups clarifying they will not change the Individual Unemployability
program in fiscal 2018, and are looking for other cost-saving solutions in the future.
A $24 million “bait and switch” college education scam -- targeting U.S. military
veterans -- could send two women to prison.
When someone signs up to serve in the U.S. military, that person goes in with eyes open
knowing they might be sent to a foreign field, unfriendly waters, or dangerous skies. These are our
bravest citizens, and they go through extensive training. Still, once deployed they are never
absolutely certain what challenge, obstacle or life-and-death circumstance awaits. That
should never be the case when it comes to veterans and their health care.
The character, efficiency and overall quality of that care should
always be professional, above-board, and transparent for all concerned to see.
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